22 January 2013

Fieldfare exodus

A great winter's day at Staines Moor today with a strong cold weather movement of Fieldfare throughout the day, moving south in groups up to 130 in number, with a few dropping down to feed or rest for a few minutes before continuing on. By the end of the day I'd counted a conservative 1,192! This beats the previous highest count for Staines Moor of 1,000 on 15th April 1977.

Other birds moving overhead included 1 Curlew E, 40 Siskin N, 1 Northern Lapwing W, 1 Common Snipe E, 2 Skylark S, 1m Reed Bunting N, 1 Jackdaw N (scarce here), 1 Pied Wagtail E and 1 Greenfinch N.

Fieldfares streaming south! Click to enlarge

2-3 Short-eared Owls were still present and 2 showed well hunting along the east side early afternoon. Also seen were 2 Water Pipits along the Colne and on the frozen southern flood in the company of 3 Meadow Pipit, 3+ (2m, 1f) Stonechat, 3 Song Thrush still feeding along the banks of the Colne, 2 Common Snipe flushed from the Colne, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe and 1 Goldcrest.

Water Pipit

Water Pipit

Water Pipit

3 Song Thrushes have spent the last few days foraging along the banks of
the Colne where the ground is less frozen

Stanwell Moor added 2 Golden Plover E (appeared to drop down onto King George VI Reservoir), another 44 Fieldfare (mainly S), 2+ Lesser Redpoll feeding with 5+ Reed Bunting, 3 Common Snipe, 4 Gadwall (came off King George IV Reservoir), 1 Northern Lapwing, 4 Greenfinch over (mainly S), 8 Goldfinch N and 2m Pheasant.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you are still birding to me Dinger! Nice one and an exciting local patch day. I am missing my patch!